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A boy and girl face the challenge of the world's last frontier
A teenage girl and her young brother are stranded in the Australian outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Aborigine on "walkabout": a ritualistic banishment from his tribe
Nicolas Roeg is fast becoming one of my favorite directors. Granted, I've only digested three of his films so far, and I understand that his quality declines quite drastically later in his career (otherwise, I would have expected him to be one of the all-time greats instead of just respected yet rarely talked about), but he has yet to take a misstep in my book. Not only are the films of his I've watched commendable, they are truly excellent. From his mastery of the thriller/horror in Don't Look Now to the daring experimental sci-fi of The Man Who Fell To Earth, I've now been lucky enough to catch the beautiful, perhaps even 'Malickian' nature odyssey of Walkabout.
Walkabout, above all,…
I often talk about how I cherish the rare and unique opportunity to experience a film through pure, unbiased eyes, having never seen a trailer or a clip, with no knowledge of even a basic premise to get me started before sitting down and pressing play. Such was my approach to the 1971 Australian movie Walkabout, as I literally only knew the name of the director and the fact that it was deemed worthy of inclusion to the Criterion collection.
I wanted Nicolas Roeg to tell me a story, to paint something extraordinary with his highly regarded brush that, despite his expansive filmography, I had never witnessed in action before.
The film starts with various shots of crowded,…
The near silent opening of the film contrasts the concrete hell of the city set against the wise open spaces of the Australian outback. It is not until we are in the car with the girl, her younger brother and father that we have a clear understanding of where exactly we are. The montage of scenes before that converge together in surreal motion, the power of the images alone enough to inform you of the films psychology.
Nicolas Roeg's film was seemingly lost, then resurrected in full and appears to slowly be finding an audience at last. Its themes are simple yet wonderfully effective. Roeg looks at the industrialisation of the world and the ongoing battle against nature, always waiting…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"I don't suppose it matters which way we go..."
Nicholas Roeg's 1971 film Walkabout is so dizzying in it's sheer beauty, that one tends to get just as lost in it's Australian landscape and vistas as our protagonists, and it's through Nic Roeg's innovative editing and cinematography that we witness a teenage schoolgirl and her little brother become one with the landscape, as if nature is devouring the foreign objects that enter into its realm (symbolised by their picnic food being consumed by ants).
Edward Bond's 14 page screenplay, which is loosely based on the novel 'Walkabout' by James Vance Marshall, is apparently quite a step away from the novel in it's cinematic form. Roeg infuses the film with layers…
Director: Nicolas Roeg (Fourth Film)
A well-shot film about two siblings; an older sister and a younger brother as they venture - forced to so by circumstance - through the Australian outback. I say venture, but it's more trudge and struggle as they quickly descend into desperation. That is until they meet a young aboriginal boy on his "Walkabout" - a rite of passage undertaken by Aborigines during their adolescence years.
The film is wonderfully shot, with director Nicolas Roeg utilising frequently startling images and juxtaposition. Imagery-wise, Roeg is working wonders in this film with focus on transitions and fluidity and well, generally the odd shot of nature - in both its forms, nasty and nice.
It's been a day and a half since watching Walkabout. Normally I come and write my thoughts down right away, but this one has given me fits with how to express them.
A brother and sister, stranded and left in the outback, try and survive after running into an aborigine during his 'walkabout' - where on his 16th birthday he must go and live in the wildnerness surviving off the natural means of the earth. It's a very simple tale yet shown to us so poetically that it begs you to reflect on your own life.
Director Nicholas Roeg shows us what surviving in the wilderness of the Australian outback can feel like, and in such a natural beautiful way.…
A lot stranger than I thought it would be given the plot description although I should've known better having seen THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. The inciting incident is truly terrifying and the movie had me completely for at least half of the way through. I felt ultimately that there were two or three bizarre montages too many and that that comic scene involving the scientists and the weather balloon was cringe worthy. All in all, it's truly unique with some images that are memorably haunting.
La fotografía del cine de los 70 y 80 australiano me fascina. Y en esta espectacular película de Nicolas Roeg no podía ser menos. Un cine difícil de ver hoy en día, entre la inocencia y el horror de perderla de golpetazo. Jenny Agutter, fascinante...
Walkabout opens with a stunning montage sequence. There are few more powerful introductions of an artistic voice to the world (Roeg had only worked as a co-director and cinematographer prior to this film), and he provides a sequence at once indicative of a style based upon non-linear progression and cuts predicated on the interrelation of images and the appearance of movement rather than specific chronology while also bring an immediacy to Walkabout's specific themes of the often violent, sometimes harmonious clash between the natural world and the world of concrete and glass constructed by Western civilization.
The film opens roughly. The Girl, the Boy, and their Father all seem to walk aimlessly among large constructions that at once dwarf them…
Simplly stunning visually. Would love to see it on the big screen someday.
undoubtedly nicholas roeg's best work. for once, he's not psychoanalyzing some paranoid white guy.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I remember watching this on it initial release back in 1971 and while i didn't love it it has remained with me over the years.
This review is based on the Director's Cut which adds some other people, the original cut was basically the 2 children and the aborigine on their own without cutting to other things going on after the fathers death
It is a strikingly beautiful film to watch and I really love the ending
Hopefully I am able to watch the original cut again one of these days and revise my review
Nicolas Roeg's true directorial debut is filled with ideas and unique perceptions. A brother and sister escape the insanity of their troubled father to find themselves in the wilds of The Australian Outback. The title of the film comes from The Aboriginal concept of a male's journey to adulthood.
And with the assistance of a young Aboriginal boy in the middle of his "walkabout" -- the siblings journey through adversity and mystery toward their own adulthood.
Along the way cultural differences cause confusion and alarm. It is a film about survival thanks to human kindness. But more than anything it is a startling view of how racism and cultural differences are so engrained, no amount of human kindness can make them go away.
A beautiful and tragic experimental film about both the strengths and flaws of the human condition.
In a word: great.
Walkabout is a perfect title for Nicholas Roeg, whose dreamlike films have about the same lack of respect for reality and linear time that comes with a walkabout. Scenes slide into one another without showing the transitions, flash cuts happen between outback and civilization, and it can frequently be questioned whether scenes happen at all or are just being imagined. Roeg is rarely interested in telling a story, but more in creating a feeling or a sequence of feelings, and this tendency is already full on display in his first solo feature here.
When a teenage girl and her young brother are stranded in the Australian outback, their salvation comes in the form of a young aborigine teen on walkabout.…
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